Spring Cleaning Tips for Pet Owners

Spring has officially sprung! At this time of year, many people are packing up their winter things, and getting their summer gear out of storage. Of course, if you have a pet, you may want to add a few things to your seasonal to-do list. A Minnetonka, MN vet offers some spring cleaning tips for pet owners in this article.


Give your furry pal’s bed a good washing. Use unscented detergent and select the hot cycles on both your washer and dryer. If your pet’s bed is too big for the washer, vacuum it. If it’s made of cloth, quickly run an iron over it to kill flea eggs. You may also want to get a slipcover or blanket to cover it.


Go through your four-legged pal’s toy box, and toss out anything that is worn or ripped. Many plastic toys, such as Kong toys, can go right into the dishwasher. Don’t use soap: just choose the hot cycle, and let the steam clean them. To clean Fido’s rope toy, remove any metal parts, soak it in water, then microwave it for a minute. For stuffed animals, check the labels for care instructions.


Organize your pet’s food, treats, and medications. Check the expiration dates, and toss out anything that is past its due date. If you store your four-legged friend’s things in a pitcher, cookie jar, or another storage container, give that a good cleaning as well.

Veterinary Care

Most of our furry patients should come in at least once a year, though some pets may need to see us more often than that. We recommend that all dogs and cats be microchipped, spayed or neutered, and kept current on their vaccinations and parasite control products. Take a few moments to schedule your pet’s next appointment.


Spring is peak shedding season, so you may need to take measures to ‘de-fur’ your home. Brushing your pet daily will reduce the amount of fur you find on your clothing and furniture. If you have a dog, take Fido outdoors to brush him, so that the dead fur blows away. To remove pet fur from carpets or furniture, try using a squeegee, damp sponge, or rubber dish gloves. Vacuuming and dusting regularly will also help.

Please contact us, your Minnetonka, MN animal clinic, for your pet’s veterinary care needs. We’re here to help!

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